Author Archives: Board Game Today Staff

Penny Arcade’s Dungeons & Dragons Sourcebook Acquisitions Incorporated Launches June 18

Acquisitions Incorporated, the official third-party Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook from Penny Arcade and Wizards of the Coast, brings hilarious fantasy antics straight to players’ homes June 18.

For the past decade, the renowned retrieval company known as Acquisitions Incorporated has shared their (mis)adventures with hundreds of thousands of attendees at PAX and viewers on Twitch. Dungeon Master Jeremy Crawford (Lead Rules Designer of Dungeons & Dragons) does his best to shepherd the mischief of Penny Arcade and PAX co-founders Jerry Holkins (Omin Dran, Cleric) and Mike Krahulik (Jim Darkmagic, Wizard) as well as a rotating cast of celebrity guests including author Patrick Rothfuss (Viari, Rogue) and gaming icon Morgan Webb (Môrgæn, Ranger).

Now, with the 224-page sourcebook, Dungeon Masters and players alike can experience the uproarious exploits of Acquisitions Incorporated in their own game. New spells, a new race, and introducing character positions mean it’s easier than ever to join the company and take part of this universe. Want to jump in headfirst? The book also includes an adventure module so players can get started right away.

From now until April 1, Acquisitions Incorporated will be available exclusively on the Penny Arcade store for $49.95 and will come with a free exclusive pin.

WizKids Partners with Hasbro. G.I. Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony Clix!?

WizKids has announced a new licensing partnership with Hasbro today with the addition of beloved properties G.I. JoeMy Little Pony, and Transformers to WizKids’ extensive line of miniatures.

Fans can expect to see their favorite characters first appear later this year in both pre-painted and unpainted formats.

Will we be getting Clix versions of these properties? Attack Wing versions? Something else!?

My Little Pony and Transformers products will be available throughout North America.

D&D Announces Ghosts of Saltmarsh Adventure Releasing Everywhere May 21

Dungeons & Dragons is setting you on a new adventure with Ghosts of Saltmarsh, which takes classic sea-faring adventures and updates and expands upon them for use with D&D fifth edition. The book details the port town of Saltmarsh and the surrounding lands players can explore using their own ship and the vehicle mechanics included in the 256-page book. Unravel sinister secrets of the sea with Ghosts of Saltmarsh releasing in game stores, digitally and everywhere on May 21, 2019. An alternate art cover with a distinctive design and soft-touch finish is available exclusively in game stores on May 21.

The book includes details on the port town of Saltmarsh, as well as plenty of adventure hooks for each chapter. Fans can play through the whole story in a seafaring campaign leading characters from level 1 through level 12, while Dungeon Masters can easily pull out sections to place in ongoing campaigns in any setting. The appendices cover mechanics for ship-to-ship combat, new magic items, monsters and more!

Ghosts of Saltmarsh will be available both in game stores and everywhere else on the same date – May 21st. Fans are encouraged to pick up the adventure in the way that’s most convenient for them, but there is an alternate art soft-touch cover that will only be available in game stores. The alternate cover image was created by N. C. Winters and features a snarling sahuagin.

Dungeons & Dragons Ghosts of Saltmarsh Main Cover
Dungeons & Dragons Ghosts of Saltmarsh Alt Cover

Toy Fair 2019: Things Get Strange with a Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

The Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set game contains everything players need to embark on a Stranger Things adventure including the essential rules of the roleplaying game. It’s a great way for new as well as seasoned Dungeons & Dragons players to experience the D&D adventure Stranger Things character Mike Wheeler has created for his friends.

Pick your character — will you be Will the Wise or Dustin the Dwarf? Get your fireballs ready as you investigate the mysterious castle and battle the ferocious Demogorgon. Prepare for just about anything, because the game just got stranger.

Game includes Stranger Things Adventure book, Rulebook, 5 Stranger Things character sheets, 6 dice, Demogorgon Figure, and paintable Demogorgon figure. Available at most major retailers nationwide.

Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set contents

Out May 1, 2019, the set will retail for $24.99 and is for ages 14 & up.

Toy Fair 2019: The Orville Comes to WizKids’ Heroclix

nce again expanding its licensing portfolio and suite of collectible miniatures, WizKids has announced a licensing partnership to feature a popular sci-fi TV series, The Orville, in upcoming HeroClix releases. The new line is slated to hit shelves worldwide in Fall 2019, sold exclusively through Alliance and Diamond distributors in the U.S.  

Currently in its second season, The Orville is set 400 years in the future and follows The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life. It is the second television series license to be added to the HeroClix line.

The first product to release will be a Jumbo Starter Set featuring the main crew, including Captain Ed Mercer, played by actor Seth MacFarlane, along with Commander Kelly Grayson, Dr. Claire Finn, Lt. Alara Kitan, Lt. Gordon Malloy, Lt. Commander Bortus, Lt. Commander John LaMarr, enabling HeroClix players and fans to embark in interstellar combat with their favorite characters.

Stop by the WizKids booth (#5302) at New York Toy Fair, February 16-19th to get a sneak peek at upcoming figures from the exciting inaugural release!

Toy Fair 2019: Wizards of the Coast Teases Magic: The Gathering – War of the Spark

In advance of New York Toy Fair, Wizards of the Coast has just dropped a video teaser for the upcoming Magic: The Gathering card set War of the Spark, releasing this spring in stores and as a new content package for digital card game Magic: The Gathering Arena.

Be there when it ends. Find out what’s at stake during PAX East 2019.

Prerelease April 27, 2019
Play it first on MTG Arena April 25, 2019

Don’t Make a Sound in Hako Onna—Coming Soon!

Hako Onna

WizKids has announced the first ever English language release of Hako Onnathe hit Japanese horror game!

In this excitingly atmospheric asymmetrical dexterity game for 3-5 players, one player becomes the Hako Onna, or “Box Woman,” haunting the house where her spirit resides and eliminating all who encounter her. The rest of the players are Visitors, trapped in the house with this vengeful spirit, and must either escape or defeat the Hako Onna once and for all.

After building the house via randomly connecting 9 Room Tiles, Visitors explore, searching for items that will allow them to safely exit the house or lay the Hako Onna to rest. But they must be cautious- the Hako Onna is travelling through the house too, and players who encounter her are immediately killed, becoming Hakobito—servants of the sinister Hako Onna.

This wicked shadow is attracted to sound, so each turn, players must stack a noise disc. The stack grows with each player’s turn, and if the stack collapses, or if a fifth disc is placed on the noise tile, the Hako Onna awakens and immediately takes a turn. The Hako Onna may secretly move throughout the house on her turn— travelling to an adjacent room tile and masquerading as one of the many objects scattered throughout the room by switching that story tile with her own tile. She may also draw power cards in order to use them later by “crying out,” revealing her general location in order to draw a new card. 

Visitors also have a variety of actions they can take- after adding a noise disc to the stack they may move to an adjacent room or search one of the story tiles in their current room. Story tiles may feature items which will help bring the visitors closer to victory, but they can also encounter the Hako Onna herself or one of her Hakobito servants, resulting in immediate death.

If the visitors successfully lay the Hako Onna to rest, or collect the keys to the house and locate the secret exit, they safely escape and win the game! But if all players are killed before they can complete their objectives, they meet their doom at the hands of the Hako Onna and are cursed to remain in the house with her…forever.

WizKids reveals a New Printing of Warhammer 40K Relic!

Warhammer 40,000 Relic

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of the iconic Warhammer 40,000 board game Relic!

A classic adventure game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, this 2-4 player game has players venturing forth to protect the Antian Sector, shielding it from certain doom. Each player will choose one of 10 unique characters, each of whom has a unique set of attributes that can fluctuate throughout the game. Each character also has an affiliation, representing a variety of different memorable groups in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. A scenario is then chosen randomly, which dictates the special rules and objective for the game.

At the beginning of their turn, a player will navigate the board by rolling a six-sided die and then progressing that many spaces. Players will then discover what threats they will face in this location by drawing the number and type of Threat cards indicated on the space. Players will then engage the threats by resolving events, battling enemies, and resolving encounters. At the end of their turn, a player may gain levels, acquire relics, or discard cards if their hand limit is exceeded.

A player wins when they complete the unique requirements of the Scenario’s confrontation in the Inner tier. Players who have entered the Scenario space in the inner tier may not move and must resolve the Scenario’s confrontation during their future turns. Will these intrepid heroes succeed in bringing the Antian Sector to safety, or will their mission end in failure?

Explore the Jungle and Earn the Favor of the Animals in Bumúntú —Available Now!

WizKids‘ stunning thematic game inspired by African folklore, Bumúntú, is now available in North American game stores! 

Taking on the roles of Tribal Leaders, players will journey through the Congolese jungle seeking the favor of the animals. Following their guidance by utilizing the abilities of each animal tile, players will strategically travel around the board and collect the animals’ favor. The game’s randomly assigned setup and elegant mechanics mean that players will enjoy a new experience each time.

Privateer Press’ Las Vegas Open 2019 Pre-Releases

Privateer Press has revealed the items you can get early at the Las Vegas Open which takes place February 8-10.

Monsterpocalypse

FEBRUARY
51019 – Zor-Raiden – $22
51020 – Rogzor – $35
51049 – Harbinger Comet Shard – $17
51051 – Shadow Sun Industries – $15

Shadow Sun Industries

MARCH
51022 – Armodax – $27
51024 – Yasheth – $28
51052 – Void Gate – $20
51053 -Apartment Building (Resin) – $19
51054 – Mount Terra – $19

Armodax

Warmachine/Hordes

FEBRUARY
32072 – Initiates of the Order of the Wall – $30
33136 – Greylord Adjunct – $15
34152 – Bane Knight Officer – $17
76031 – Clockatrice – $35

Clockatrice

MARCH
35090 – Garryth, Eye of Vengeance – $17
41152 – Steelhead Arcanist – $15
41156 – Steelhead Gunner – $14
92040 – Warwitch Initiate Deneghra – $15

Warwitch Initiate Deneghra
« Older Entries